I’ve gotten involved with a new social media channel lately. Actually, it’s an old social media channel. One of the oldest. It’s call “handwritten letters.” And though I hope it’s a way to bring my words to the lives of others, sitting down with paper and pen and thinking only of the person I’m writing to has been a wonderful practice for me, too. A way to slow down, to settle on words, to not expect an immediate response.

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve also been reading Love and Salt: A Spiritual Friendship Shared in Letters. And though this book isn’t the reason I started writing more letters, it has confirmed to me the beauty of sharing words with each other. It doesn’t have to be hand written to be meaningful. But for me, right now, this countercultural act of letter-writing is a way to express love.

Someday soon, I may write you a letter.

Today, I invite you to close your browser, turn off your iPad, set aside the mail app on your smart phone, and do a little letter writing of your own. Send words of life to someone today.

A letter always seemed to me like
because it is the mind alone without
corporeal friend.
–Emily Dickinson



AUTHOR: Amy Andrews & Jessica Mesman Griffith
TITLE: Love & Salt: Spiritual Friendship Shared in Letters
WHERE TO GET IT: Follow the link above to order it from Amazon. I will be writing more about this book in the coming days. It’s one to sit with for a while.

Photo by Lia Ballentine, via Flickr, used with permission under the Creative Commons License.

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